As the 11 driver field came down the back stretch to take the first green flag of the 2012 Challenge GP Series at K1 Speed Seattle, fastest qualifier and pole sitter Dana “The Dude” Glenn lead the way followed closely by number 2 qualifier Hans Malzar and brother Jayce Glenn in 3rd. Malzar and younger brother Jayce immediately began pressuring “The Dude” and the three drivers began a race long battle for the lead with each setting blistering lap times in their fight for the number one spot. Malzar was showing he meant business by pressuring Glenn and nearly taking the lead at some points. Glenn would respond to Malzars’ advances and put down an amazing 16.882 lap, besting even his qualifying time of 16.923 seconds. The two raced clean. Meanwhile, an intense battle for the 4th position was heating up just 2 laps in to the 16 lap final between several drivers including Adrian Corona, Matthew Curran, Bohdan Velushchak, the very fast and methodical RJ Napitupulu and the 3rd of the Glenn brothers Dallas. These 5 drivers were locked together in a tight battle for the majority of the race, swapping positions each lap and almost in every turn. Up front the duo of Glenn and Malzar had put a small gap between them and the rest of the field after Jayce Glenn made a trio of small mistakes in the infield section of the track allowing Dana and Hans Malzar to pull away and the fast 5 to catch up to his rear bumper.
On lap 12 of 16, the leaders caught lapped traffic and things got interesting. Leader Dana Glenn managed to make passes quickly on the tight K1 Speed Seattle course, and as a result increased his lead on Malzar who unfortunately got pinched off by lapped traffic causing him to fall outside of the top 3 and a podium spot. 4th and 5th place drivers Curran and Velushchack also became a victim the intense battles through lapped traffic and fell back. At the checkered flag it was Dana “The Dude” Glenn taking the win, followed by RJ Napitupulu who started 5th, and an amazing 3rd place finish for middle brother Dallas Glenn who started 7th. Jayce Glenn and Hans Malzar round out the top 5. Also Extremely impressive in his first ever competitive race of any kind, was young 13 year old Adrian Corona who came home 7th after battling for a podium spot at one point during the night. Look for Corona to improve as he gains experience in the upcoming rounds. The field is stacked for the 2012 Challenge GP Series here in Seattle, as the top 6 drivers lap times were separated by Roughly two and a half tenths, any one of them could take home a win this season.
K1 Speed Austin had a great turnout for their 1st GP Challenge ever. There were alot of regulars present trying to show how all that practice week after week has paid off. Among those regulars were Donald Munroe, #8 in the Top K1RS Overall points standings, and Hunter Hughes who was #9. They proved to be stiff competition in a field of great racers. Donald Munroe earned top honors besting a talent loaded main event and crossing the finish line first to take home the first trophy of the season. His best lap time was 26.533. Tony Davis earned top honors in the second final just beating out first time racer ever at a K1 Speed, Christain Romay. Christain put up a best single lap time of 26.809 in the second final. Look for the second GP Challenge of the season to be even better in August! Get practicing!!”
There was a packed house Sunday night for K1 Speed Ontario’s opening round of the Supertrack Challenge GP. All the drivers were very anxious to get on the track to start the season off and also ready to tackle the brand new track layout! We had a total of 25 drivers competing for the top spot Sunday night, with Logan Manus showing his presence early with a blistering qualifying lap of 47.813 seconds, taking the pole by 4 tenths of a second over Robert Hernandez. Everyone was very close in qualifying, only 3 seconds separating the entire field.
Eric Ross started on pole for the B Main, an experienced K1 racer but brand new to the Ontario facility. He brought them down to the green flag and was able to get some space in between him and second place off the start. But before long, Bob Hyman started to chip away at the lead and made a great pass to take the top spot. Bob never looked back and started building a lead from then on. He was able to take the checkered flag in first place, with Wesley Thu getting second place, as he was able to get by Eric Ross with a couple laps remaining. Eric Ross was able to hang on to third place to keep his spot on the podium.
With all the veterans in the A Main, the tension was really high as the racers began to get ready for their race. Anyone of these drivers were capable of winning this race and they all knew that. The pole sitter, Logan Manus, was looking a little nervous before the race, as it was his first time on pole position in the A Main. As the field turned the last corner on their parade lap for the start of the race, Logan brought them down very slowly to start the race and was able to keep the lead going into turn one as the green flag dropped. He was closely followed by Robert Hernandez, as he was ready to give Logan a fight for the lead. The front two karts were able to pull from the field by a couple seconds, while the rest of the field battled to get to the front. John Tanaka, who started in third, was able to start chipping at the front two but just ran out of time to catch them. Logan was able to hold off hard charging Robert Hernandez as the checkered flag waived in the air. This was Logan’s first A Main victory! Robert Hernandez finished second, John Tanaka in third, Paul Ciralli in forth, and KC Cook rounded out the top 5.
This season is looking like its going to be a very competitive season, with a lot of guys itching to get the top of the podium. Come check out next months Supertrack Challenge GP in Ontario on August 12th!
K1 Speed in North San Diego county wrapped up the first half of the Challenge GP season this past Sunday with a number of very competitive drivers on hand all chasing the points championship. Double qualifying rounds on the reverse-ran track configuration would prove to be an equalizer for most of the field. Charles Eichlin would end up with the pole position posting a fast lap of 26.460 seconds to set the pace for the mains.
B-Main drivers would be out on track first and it would be a race full of position changes as drivers would swap spots back and fourth. With Michael Dozier leading the field into turn one he would get a quick jump on the field and drivers would fall in line, it wouldn’t take long before Randy Havner who was sitting in fourth would find his way around Shane Geivet to take over third. Kevin Spring would follow suit, shuffling Shane down to fifth. Mean while up front Jon Simms was working to pressure Michael Dozier and he eventually would get under neath Michael coming onto the straight away and get a good run on him to take over the lead just outside of turn one. Laps would wind down and Jon Simms would take the win for the B-Main with Michael Dozier in second and Randy Havner would wind up in third to round out the top three.
Closing out the night, the A-Main drivers would take to the track with a mix of multiple talented drivers making up the field. From the drop of the green flag rolling start pole setter Charles Eichlin would pull away from the field and put some distance between himself and the rest of the field. Current points leader Justin Tolman who qualified in second would have some work cut out for him as he would spend most of the race holding off a very hard charging group of drivers that were trying to find their way around him. Justin would hold his ground and run a very tight line to maintain his position. Mid-pack Kyle Wicka, Austin Barnes, and Ian Enz, would also have their own battle going for third fourth and fifth while trying to get around Justin but they would get caught up in their own battle and Tolman would get some breathing room towards the end of the race. With the checkered flag out Charles Eichlin would take the win, with Justin Tolman taking second and Kyle Wicka would cap off the top three.
The championship points battle would would be won by Justin Tolman who held onto the lead for most of the first half of the season. Ian Enz would take second and Kyle Wicka would take third in the overall standings. Congratulations to our winners, the new schedule has been posted and the second half of the 2012 race season is just a few weeks away. Drivers have a small break and some time to prepare for new track layouts at some locations.
The final race to the first half of the 2012 Challenge GP Race Series is this weekend at the Torrance, California K1 Speed location! The final championship race will determine the regional winner for the Los Angeles based location this Sunday June 24th. The final round of racing will be one of the most sought after events as drivers from all over So-Cal typically make an appearance for this coveted event. Sign-ups will begin at 6:30 PM with qualifying beginning at 7:00 PM. Entry fee is $50.00 per driver – BE THERE!
K1 Speed in Santa Clara, California held its final round of their Challenge GP Race Series this past Sunday, with a full house of drivers all after a podium finish and a number of drivers after the points championship. Double qualifying rounds would see Jonathan Sarceda grab the pole position with a single lap time of 22.790 seconds, setting the pace for the rest of the field who would fall in just a few tenths off his pace.
The nights main would be an intense race with Jonathan leading the field into turn one with Ryan Cougill and Geon McKenzie giving chase and immediately putting pressure on the lead positions. Unfortunately Ryan and Geon would get into each other in a corner battling for second and both drivers would drop out of the top three. Tat gave Scott Levin and Rick Kane a chance to jump up from their fourth and fifth place starting positions, with Scott taking over second and Rich into third. Ryan Cougill would work his way back into fourth to finish out his night with Geon down in seventh. The rest of the field would shuffle around a bit but no other drivers were able to catch up to the leaders. The checkered flag would come out and Jonathan Sarceda would go on for the win with Scott Levin taking second and Ryan Cougill rounding out the top three.
The overall championship would be determined by this final round of racing and Ryan Cougill would end up taking the overall win for the series with Rick Kane in second and Nelson Rosa would take third in the overall standings. Congratulations to our winners and be on the look out for the schedule to be posted for the second half of the season which will include new track layout for most locations and the addition of the Austin, Texas and the league will also be returning back to our Seattle Washington location as well!
The Inland Empire indoor karting scene is one of the most popular regions in Southern California, with K1 Speed in Ontario, California holding the final round of the Challenge GP Race series this past Sunday to a packed house full of drivers all after a podium finish. Qualifying would see points leader Chris Singleton take the pole position for the nights A-Main with a 50.910 second lap time on the reverse-ran super-track configuration.
Starting off the night the B-Main drivers would see Adam Hixon on pole to lead the field into turn one on the green flag rolling start. He would hold on to the lead for the first couple of laps but would lose the spot to Michael Dozier who moved up from his third place starting position. Adam wasn’t going to give up the position easily and both drivers got together in a hairpin corner which dropped them back a few positions other drivers in the field got by. Nolan Wolack would take over the lead and build up a comfortable gap between himself and the rest of the field. With the checkered flag out Nolan Wolack would take the win Garry Dowse would take second and Naji Muwanas would cap off the top three in the main.
Closing out the night was the A-Main field with Chris Singleton leading the field into turn one on the rolling start. Chris would hold the field back until he saw green and would maintain his lead through the first turn in the tightly packed group of drivers. Bob Hyman would stay right on the back bumper of Chris’s kart for the entire first lap as if they two karts were joined together. Meanwhile Paul Ciralli was making his way though the field coming from from his fifth place starting position and making his way into third by the end of the first lap. By the end of lap two he was challenging Chris for the lead, getting to the inside of Chris just enough through a corner to put a nose on him and attempt a pass. Chris wasn’t able to hold the outside line and Paul would get around to take over the lead from Chris. Paul would put some distance between himself and the rest of the field and go on to take the win, followed by Bob Hyman in second and Travis Yates would take third.
The overall championship points would come down to this final race with Chris Singleton taking the overall win, with Travis Yates taking second overall and Patty Kuykendall taking third. Congratulations to our overall winners for the first half of the 2012 race season. Drivers will have just about about a month before the start of the second half of the season, with an all new track configuration in the works, giving drivers a new challenging race course to compete on. Keep an eye out for the updated schedule due to be posted int eh coming weeks.
The best indoor kart racers in the Southwest can be found at K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona with the Challenge GP Race series which held its final round this past Sunday to the top drivers in the points chase all looking for the top spot on the podium. After double qualifying rounds would see Josh Meier take the pole position after laying down a number of fast laps that allowed him to edge out the rest pf the field and set the pace for the main.
With the field set drivers would head out for the rolling start style format which has been a equalizer in many main event starts and with the top three drivers in the field also the top three in the points chase this would be a great battle between the group. Josh would take the field into turn one with Chad Morley and Gunnar Peterson, taking advantage of the open track in front of him Josh immediately would put some distance between himself and second and third place who had their own battle going that were keeping them from staying on Josh’s pace. Chad and Gunnar would swap spots back and forth with a few remaining laps left trying to best one another in different corners. The checkered flag would come out and Josh Meier would take an easy win, Gunner Peterson would grab second and Chad Morley would take third.
The overall points championship would come down to just 6 points separating out the top three with Josh Meier taking the overall win, Gunner Peterson would take second and Chad Morley would round out the top three. With the first half of the season wrapped up drivers will have a bit of a break before the start of the second half of the season. With a new track layout in the works, drivers have an all new challenging race course to look forward to for the second half of the race season, be on the look out for an updated schedule in the coming weeks.
Get ready Santa Clara, California residents – the best indoor kart racers in Northern California will be on hand this Sunday at K1 Speed for the final round of the Challenge GP Race league. The technical race-course layout has been challenging all season long and this final round of racing will be the most exciting with drivers chasing after the overall points championship which will be awarded at this final round. Come out this Sunday June 17th at 6:30 PM for sign-ups with qualifying beginning at 7:00 PM, entry fee is $50 per driver – BE THERE
The best in indoor kart racing will be on hand this Sunday for the championship battle at K1 Speed in Carlsbad, California to cap off the first half of the 2012 regional Challenge GP Race League. San Diego’s finest will be battling it out on the high-speed indoor asphalt track which will be ran in the reverse configuration before the track design change for the second half of the series. The points championship is on the line and this will be one event you wont want to miss.
Come join us this Sunday June 17th at 6:30 PM for sign-ups with qualifying rounds beginning at 7:00 PM, entry fee is $50 per driver – BE THERE!